Guards step up in rout of Golden Eagles

The Kansas State men's basketball team got something it had been lacking in its first two games of the young season – offensive production from its star players.

Senior guard Cartier Martin and junior guards David Hoskins and Blake Young each eclipsed the 20-point mark en route to a 101-79 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

This was the first time since Jan. 28, 2006, that the Wildcats had two or more players with at least 20 points in a single game. The team also shot 50.8 percent from the field.

"That is pretty good as a team," Hoskins said about the teams' field goal percentage. "We are just happy to get that monkey off our backs. We hit some shots that guys were passin up before. So I think a little bit of confidence was built. And it helped us all out, because you can't just focus on one specific person."

Martin led all scorers with 28, and he added six rebounds and four assists. Hoskins went 8-for-14 from the field, and also made 10 free throws for his 27 points. He had seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Young went 4-for-6 from three-point land to add 24 points to the team's effort.

"Once I hit the first one, I felt like I was in a rhythm and so I just kept shooting and they kept going in," Young said. "I tried to play aggressive, getting to the basket and getting fouled because coach was on me earlier like 'How you go from getting fouled at least 12 times a game in junior college to only going to the line like three times this year.' So I tried to get more aggressive going to the hole. Once I got a little aggressive shots started falling for me."

The trio combined to tie the entire Tennessee Tech team's total of 79 points.

"I thought our ball movement was better in the second half, I thought we played better together," K-State coach Bob Huggins said. "Cartier needed to start making some shots, and he did. He made the shots that he ought to make."

The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, but Tennessee Tech responded by scoring seven straight to take its only lead of the game. The two teams stayed close for most of the first half, with K-State never relinquishing the lead and going into the half with an eight-point advantage.

The second half was back and forth, with Tennessee Tech pulling within as small a margin as four, and K-State having as big a lead as 10.

The Wildcat defense stiffened up in the final 4:12, as it held the Golden Eagles scoreless for the rest of the way. K-State finished the game on a 12-0 run.

Guard Belton Rivers led the way for the Golden Eagles with 21 points. Anthony Fisher dropped 16 on the Wildcats, and Amadi McKenzie added 13 with six rebounds.

Center Jason Bennett started the first game of his career Saturday. He finished with two points, four rebounds and one block in only eight minutes of action.

Senior guard Jermaine Maybank had career highs for the Wildcats in minutes (22), points (8) and rebounds (6).

Every K-State player saw action against Tennessee Tech, including walk-ons Brady Johnson and James Franklin. Johnson scored one point and Franklin never took a shot.

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